Leila Gardner

Mission Support Assistant Director

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Hello ministry partner! You can now support Leila’s ministry with IFI by giving to the Columbus Ministry Fund on this webpage. Leila’s role and impact on international students’ lives remains the same, while her ministry funds come directly from IFI’s Columbus Ministry Fund. Thank you for your support!

Leila with students

Multiplying and Mobilizing Laborers to Reach Future World Leaders.

Leila has volunteered with IFI since she was a student at OSU in 1988. She has enjoyed all aspects of the IFI ministry, leading Bible studies, ESL classes for wives, and the International Mothers Group and has had students stay temporarily and live for longer periods with her family in their home. She has befriended and shared God’s love with students, scholars and their families from all over the world.

Leila has officially worked at IFI since 2005. She has been involved in volunteer and church relations, event planning and fundraising efforts. Most recently she is responsible to oversee the staff  in Columbus who support the campus ministry efforts, which includes volunteer and church relations, communication, development, and events. Contact her at .

When Leila is not working at IFI she can be found working out, teaching, co-leading a small group for her church, hanging out with international friends, traveling, reading, and doing other activities with her husband and adult children.


Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. – Ps. 2:8 (NIV)

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.  – Matt. 9:37-38 (NIV)

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